Led by acclaimed songwriter Michael Ferrier, Minneapolis folk rockers Fathom Lane return with their first album since 2017. IN THE DRIFTLESS is a poetic and nuanced blend of country, folk, pop, and rock with lyrics exploring themes of loss, isolation, addiction, discovery, and ultimately: redemption. Ferrier’s songs transport listeners across a variety of musical settings ranging from the open spaces of the Midwestern prairies, to the dark solitude of a hidden bedroom.
The record also features imaginative covers of songs by the legendary Tom Petty (“You & Me”), and Minnesota transplant country rocker Mary Cutrufello (“Sad Songs & Waltzes Revisited”).
Led by Ferrier on acoustic guitar and vocals, Fathom Lane also features a cast of fellow artists. Ashleigh Still haunts with her breathtaking harmonies and keys, producer and singer Matt Patrick layers in electric guitars and anything else necessary, Shane Akers breaks hearts with his lap steel guitar, bassist Paul Boblett lays a groove built for a melodic approach, and drummer Alex Young sets the tone for exploration.
IN THE DRIFTLESS builds on the success of Fathom Lane’s previous record ASILOMAR, delving even more deeply into their signature cinematic blend of folk noir and country rock. Ferrier’s lyrics take the listener on an inner journey of discovery, suggestive of shared dreaming and relationships found and lost. How do we tell love from obsession? How do we relate from vast distances? How do we survive these times? How do we find ourselves again after loss?
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//JUST RELEASED 07.14.23//
Folk, Indie, Country, Alternative
Michael Ferrier//vox, acoustic guitar
Ashleigh Still//vox, keys
Matt Patrick//vox, electric guitar
Shane Akers//lap steel, dobro
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IN THE DRIFTLESS
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
"Fathom Lane captures the full range of emotions, from the despair of broken relationships to the joy of the big, blue ocean."
89.3 THE CURRENT
"Fathom Lane have quickly emerged as one of the brightest new artists in the Twin Cities...Finding some kind of unlikely common ground between alt-country and floaty prog rock, the band achieves a timeless quality."
"It is their distinctive sound which most catches your attention. With songs ranging from biting to calm, yet never cloying, the combined vocals of Michael Ferrier and Ashleigh Still intersect, diverge, then unite again to alight somewhere transcendent."
89.3 THE CURRENT
#1 LOCAL SONG OF 2017
as named by Listeners:
"FINGERS AND TOES"
"Gorgeous music. It immediately draws in the listener. While refined and laid back most of the time, they actually know when to make things dramatic. All of their nuances will delight the discerning ear."
EAR TO THE GROUND
"It feels familiar enough that you’ll find yourself saying, 'wait, who is this?' I’m here to tell you it’s Fathom Lane and you need to remember them. The guitar work sounds a little like some 80s pop country and the vocals are pure 70s pop gold.
It works, really, it does."
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